Bourbon-Spiked Amaretto Sour: A Twist On A Classic

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The Amaretto Sour is a delightful after-dinner cocktail, offering a sweet and tart balance with a touch of nutty depth. This recipe takes the classic a step further by incorporating bourbon, adding a layer of rich complexity.


Amaretto Sour Recipe (with Whiskey)  The Kitchn
Amaretto Sour Recipe (with Whiskey) The Kitchn

2 ounces Bourbon

  • 1 ounce Amaretto liqueur
  • 1 ounce Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce Simple syrup (or to taste)
  • 1 Lemon wedge (for garnish)
  • Maraschino cherry (for garnish, optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Gather your ingredients. Make sure all your ingredients are chilled for the best results.
    2. Combine liquids in a shaker. Add the bourbon, amaretto, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
    3. Shake vigorously. Shake the cocktail shaker for 15-20 seconds, until the outside of the shaker feels frosty. This ensures the drink is properly chilled and diluted.
    4. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Double strain the cocktail using a Hawthorne strainer and a fine-mesh sieve to remove any ice chips.
    5. Garnish and enjoy. Express the oils from the lemon wedge by gently squeezing it over the rim of the glass, then rub it along the rim before discarding. Add the lemon wedge and maraschino cherry (if using) for a decorative touch.


    For a foamy top, use a dry shake. Briefly shake the cocktail ingredients without ice to emulsify the juices from the lemon. Then, add ice and shake again to chill.

  • Adjust the sweetness to your preference. Start with 1/2 ounce of simple syrup and add more to taste if desired.

  • Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Calories: 240 (approx.)

  • Carbohydrates: 15g (approx.)
  • Sugar: 12g (approx.)
  • Fat: 0g (approx.)
  • Protein: 0g (approx.)

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional value based on standard measurements. The actual nutritional content may vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients used.


    This Amaretto Sour with Bourbon elevates the classic by adding a touch of warm, smoky depth. It’s a perfect after-dinner drink or delightful anytime you crave a sweet and sophisticated cocktail.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I substitute another citrus juice for lemon juice?

    Yes, you can substitute lime juice for lemon juice in a pinch. However, the flavor profile will be slightly different. Lime juice has a brighter, more tart flavor than lemon juice.

    2. What kind of bourbon should I use?

    Any bourbon you enjoy will work in this recipe. For a bolder cocktail, choose a higher-proof bourbon with a strong flavor profile. For a smoother drink, opt for a wheated bourbon or a bourbon with a lower proof.

    3. I don’t have simple syrup. Can I use something else?

    Yes, you can substitute simple syrup with equal parts sugar and water. Make sure the sugar dissolves completely before adding it to the cocktail.

    4. How can I make this cocktail non-alcoholic?

    For a non-alcoholic version, replace the bourbon with a flavored syrup like amaretto or almond syrup. You may also need to adjust the amount of simple syrup to achieve the desired level of sweetness.

    5. What other garnishes can I use?